Australian called on to join international efforts to end human rights abuses in China

posted on May 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s recent Joint statement with New Zealand on Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang, particularly its call on China to grant meaningful and unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers. Madeleine Bridgett, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Business and Human Rights Subcommittee said, “There … Read More >>

India travel ban exposes gaping void in Australian human rights protections

posted on May 4, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has published a briefing paper examining the Morrison Government’s moves to ban Australians from returning home. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) President Kerry Weste says, “The issue exposes a gaping void in Australian human rights protections – the absence of a Federal Human Rights Act.” “The travel … Read More >>

74 WA orgs call to end imprisonment of children under the age of 14 years

posted on May 3, 2021

Today, ALHR joins 74 Western Australian organisations in calling for WA to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 14 years. More than 70 NGOs and ACCOs in WA collectively endorsed the new report released by coalition Social Reinvestment WA, ‘A Pathway to a Brighter Future for Western Australia’s most at risk children’. … Read More >>

Victorian Government urged to implement recommendations to improve hate speech protections

posted on April 28, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers is urging the Victorian Premier and Attorney General to adopt the recommendations of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee’s inquiry into the adequacy of the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001 (Vic). The Committee’s report, tabled in March, found the Act failed in its twin purposes … Read More >>

Human Rights Lawyers condemn NSW Parliamentary Committee Report on Religious Freedoms

posted on April 4, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has criticised the final report from the Joint Select Committee on the One Nation Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020 (the Bill).  ALHR LGBTI CoChair Georgia Burke said, “The report’s findings fail to reflect the considerable evidence provided at the Committee’s hearings. ALHR is shocked by reports … Read More >>

Tasmania becomes third state to pass voluntary assisted dying legislation

posted on March 24, 2021

Leading human rights lawyers have applauded yesterday’s passage of Tasmania’s End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020.  ALHR President Kerry Weste said, “We congratulate the Tasmanian parliament on this important legislation that provides terminally-ill Tasmanians who meet the relevant criteria with the autonomy to make informed decisions about their medical treatment and the timing and … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers say ‘no’ to proposed consent app

posted on March 20, 2021

Australia’s leading association of human rights lawyers has criticised NSW Police Commissioner, Mick Fuller’s, suggestion that the creation of a phone app to record sexual consent could provide a solution to the growing issue of sexual assault. Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is concerned that the app proposal fundamentally misunderstands the nature of consent … Read More >>

Release of Medically Transferred Refugees from Immigration Detention

posted on March 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to release a number of refugees from immigration detention who were previously transferred from offshore processing to Australia for vital medical treatment.  Caitlin Caldwell, Co-Chair of ALHR’s Refugee Rights Subcommittee said, “ALHR calls on the Federal Government to urgently release all medically-evacuated refugees who … Read More >>

Human rights lawyers applaud Victorian MPs for outlawing Gay Conversion Therapy

posted on February 5, 2021

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates Victorian Members of Parliament who voted to secure the passage of the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 (VIC). ALHR’s LGBTI Rights Subcommittee Chair, Georgia Burke said, “ALHR welcomes  this important legislation which protects vulnerable members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,  transgender and gender diverse community … Read More >>